Divergent and The Hunger Games – Do they Compare?

| June 24, 2013 More

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Divergent is set to be the next big Young Adult book-to-move franchise and as such it's starting to draw comparisons to The Hunger Games. 

They DO have a lot in common.  Both books center aroud a complex female heroine.  They both take place in a dystopian future and they both use very similar imagery.  There's the flaming mockingjay and the flaming Divergent logo, and there's also the latest promo images for Catching Fire and Divergent, featuring their heroine close to the edge.

The Hunger Games and Divergent comparisons

While the picture of Katniss isn't a scene from the film, it shows her on the edge of a cliff, both triumphant and alone. The image from the Divergent movie is from a scene in the book, in which the main character Tris, is making a harrowing leap.

It's not surprising that there's something of a cross-over.  It would seem that the fan-base for both books and movies is much the same. However filmmakers are reluctant for Divergent to be compared to The Hunger Games.  Shailene Woodley, who plays Tris dismisses any comparisons between the two in a recent chat with EW

She says Tris is no Katniss:

“What I like about Tris is that she isn't perfect.  She's not a superhero-she's not Katniss.  She doesn't know how to shoot a bow and arrow, she's not a badass by nature.  And I really responded to her and Four's relationship.  It's authentic and human and genuine.”

So what do you think?  Is it inevitable that the two books / movies will be compared?  Are you a fan of both?  Does it bother you that comparisons are made?  Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. KJ says:

    I TOTALLY agree with her that Tris is no Katniss. But another thing they have in common is they both end up being leaders…as they grow into the role.

    THG is my favorite. Divergent was only a diversion…pardon the pun.

  2. Christina says:

    While they shouldn’t, they will be compared. Just like the Hunger Games was compared to Twilight, and Twilight to Harry Potter. All of these were vastly different, but they had huge fanbases, just as Divergent does.

    I personally don’t think they are all that similar. I loved the first two books of the Divergent series as well as The Hunger Games series, but the stories and messages from both differ greatly. I loved them both for different reasons.

  3. Sonny :D says:

    I don’t really like comparing them. They’re both magnificent books in series with strong female leads :)

  4. RebeccaB. says:

    “Superhero”? Katniss is the leader and face of a rebellion/war. She becomes a symbol of hope. She may be Panem’s version of a “superhero”, but her goal is survival, not becoming a hero—even though she eventually does.

  5. anonymous says:

    As a person who reads many books, i find that you can find similarities between any two books. But that doesn’t make them the same. it is not a problem to compare to each other.

  6. J says:

    Katniss IS NOWHERE near perfect either

  7. Silent Mockingjay says:

    I have read Divergent and Insurgent, the second book in the series. I have to say that they are both good and you can find things they have in common and don’t have in common. So it bothers me a little when they compare the two since I am a fan of both…

  8. Olivia says:

    The similarities between these two trilogies caused my initial hesitation to even READ Divergent. I was like, really, a ball of fire… it’s about a girl who leaves her comfort zone to become this incredible leader… she has some personal issues… she falls in love… she makes unlikely friendships… she is deeply involved in a government overthrow… she finds strength and leadership in herself, qualities she didn’t know she had… she gets injured a lot… and she’s built small. Wooow, JUST like Katniss. Granted, the books do have a number of differences, but personally, I see a little too much in common. I prefer Hunger Games, obviously. Divergent is good, but… eh, I think the Divergent movie was a good idea with a terrifically BAD choice of timing on Hollywood’s part. \/ Peace.

    • RebeccaB. says:

      Agreed, they have a number of differences and similarities. Especially when it comes to Katniss and Tris. Divergent was just okay, I doubt I’ll be reading the last book, though. Maybe read the spoilers—how it ends, but I just never felt invested in those books to have a desire to finish them top to bottom. *shrug*

      • KJ says:

        Totally agree with your assessment. I too, did not get as invested, because it seemed too far away from reality, I think. THG was/is possible and plausible. Divergent seems too far fetched to actually happen in my lifetime.

        I probably will read the last book, however, as I read while I ride my recumbant bike and I am also searching for something to while away time on the bike.

    • Cassie says:

      I completely agree with you! Divergent just seems like a lack-luster piece of literature when compared to the Hunger Games. Sure, it has its high points and I am not trashing the book by any means. I just believe the Hunger Games to be a better written series. Since this is about the movies, though, let me just say that I will not be watching the Divergent movies. What the Hunger Games did is re-introduce the amazing dystopian genre with a fresh take for our generation, and of course the sad thing after is that all similar movies will be compared to it and sometimes not very positively. I would honestly give Divergent a chance were I not so against the casting of Shailene Woodley.

      • Olivia says:

        No kidding! Where did she come from, anyway? First I find out she’s playing MJ Watson in the new Spider-Mans, then somebody sends me a link about Divergent and I’m like WHAT?! Physically speaking, she’s nothing like the book description of Tris. Rooney Mara might make a decent choice, if they dyed her hair dark blonde and got her to bulk up enough for the part; or maybe even Dakota Fanning could do well enough. But I don’t think choosing another up-and-comer was a good idea. Way too much like Jen. #smh

        • Cassie says:

          Oh my god, yes! I was incredibly disappointed when I heard she was going to play MJ in the new Spiderman. And you’re right about the Jen thing. It seems like they’re trying to recreate a little of the magic that went on with Jen. She was a breath of fresh air into the movie world, but I’m not sure if that always works.

  9. KEE says:

    OK, I absolutely love the hunger games and divergent and I hyperventilate every time I talk about Divergent but YOU CAN NOT COMPARE THEM!!! They are COMPLETLY different in every way possible and yes, they both have female heroines but Tris and Katniss couldn’t be more different although they both learn how to survive they both learn in different ways. I actually love the Divergent series and ASDFGHJKL I CANT WAITTTTTTT TILL ALLEGIANT x

  10. TridentLover42 says:

    I’m a fan of both and I don’t want them to be compared. They’re both good in their own ways. :)

  11. Natalie says:

    I love both The Hunger Games and Divergent! Yes they can both be compared in some ways but once you’ve read both of the series there is so much differences between the two of them. I’ve kept track with The Hunger Games when I first heard of it becoming a movie and then keep track of the casting. MANY hated Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and many characters. But, after watching the movie I didn’t mind and found the characters to be great! I feel that this will (hopefully) be like the Divergent movie as well…. Both great series and I can’t wait to see the new movies!

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